Harrison, NJ (Sports Network) - The New York Red Bulls and midfielder
Juninho have mutually agreed to part ways, the club announced on Wednesday.
"We are very disappointed that Juninho has decided to return to Brazil because
he is a great professional and a very talented footballer," said Red Bulls
sporting director Andy Roxburgh. "We wish him all of the best and thank him
for his valuable contributions during the first half of the 2013 MLS
Juninho, 38, signed with New York from Brazilian first division side, Vasco da
Gama on Dec. 17, 2012. He recorded four assists in 13 appearances, 10 of which
were starts, for New York.
But the veteran midfielder will return to Brazil, where he began his storied
"Before I leave for home, I want to thank the New York Red Bulls for the
opportunity to experience MLS and to wish my teammates and the club's
excellent fans every success for the remainder of the season," Juninho said.
The 2006 World Cup veteran began his career with Sport in 1991 before heading
to Vasco da Gama in 1995. He won the Brazilian Championship with the Rio de
Janeiro-based side in 1997 and 2000 and the Copa Libertadores in 1998.
He also played for Ligue 1 side Lyon from 2001-09, helping the club win seven
consecutive league titles from 2002-08 while recording 100 goals in 344
matches in all competitions.
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